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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016      Leave a Comment
Route in Tourouvre-au-Perche cost €5m to construct and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during two-year test periodFrance has opened what it claims to be the world’s first solar panel road, in a Normandy village.A 1km (0.6-mile) route in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche covered with 2,800 sq m of electricity-generating panels, was inaugurated on Thursday by the ecology minister, Ségolène Royal
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2016-12-22 08:08:21
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Internet giant says renewable energy is increasingly lowest cost option and it will not rule out investing in nuclear powerGoogle’s data centres and the offices for its 60,000 staff will be powered entirely by renewable energy from next year, in what the company has called a “landmark moment”.
The internet giant is already the world’s biggest corporate buyer of renewable electricity, last year buying 44% of its power from wind and solar farms
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2016-12-06 08:40:50
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Is a cost-neutral shift to renewables too good to be true? Energy minister Mark Bailey is ready to take on anyone who says he can’t get to 50-50 without steep price risesIt seemed impossibly good news for the Queensland government in its push to transform Australia’s biggest carbon-polluting state into a renewable energy powerhouse in little more than a decade
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2016-11-29 16:00:43
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016      Leave a Comment
MARRAKESH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Renewable energy will keep growing in the next few years as costs drop and coal use continues to fall, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to revive the fossil fuel, investors and analysts said.
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2016-11-16 10:31:33
Sunday, November 6th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Policy Exchange says policies boost growth in dirty diesel, arguing a smarter power grid could cut costs and curb emissionsSmart technology that could shave £90 off household energy bills and curb carbon emissions is being stymied by government policy, a leading thinktank has said.In a wide-ranging report, Policy Exchange also claimed that current energy policy offered too many incentives to build polluting diesel generator farms at the expense of cleaner technology
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2016-11-06 18:01:30
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016      Leave a Comment
Government should restore subsidies for onshore wind power as a cost-effective way of reducing the country’s emissions, says head of ScottishPowerThe UK’s climate targets are at risk if the government does not reverse its decision to end support for windfarms, the head of one of the Big Six energy companies has warned
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2016-11-03 08:12:42
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016      Leave a Comment
A look back over last eight years shows that a president really does matterMy how far we’ve come in less than eight years. We have seen happen what those of us in the climate and energy fields knew could happen. The US has become a world leader on climate change, dramatically increased our production of clean and renewable fuels, reduced our emissions of greenhouse gases, signed major international agreements to continue progress into the future, and have done so without cost increases or power disruptions that the denial community proclaimed would occur
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2016-11-02 05:00:16
Thursday, October 20th, 2016      Leave a Comment
The European Union’s push away from fossil fuels toward renewables, along with falling costs, has seen offshore wind thrive with turbines being installed from the Irish to the Baltic Seas, reports Environment 360On a sunny October morning, our boat passes the run-down relicts of Liverpool’s maritime past and heads down the river Mersey and into the Irish Sea
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2016-10-20 10:29:28
Monday, October 17th, 2016      Leave a Comment
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Wind power could supply as much as 20 percent of the world's total electricity by 2030 due to dramatic cost reductions and pledges to curb climate change, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said in a report released in Beijing on Tuesday.
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2016-10-17 23:04:07
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016      Leave a Comment
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Mining in Chile, which consumes over 30 percent of the nation's power, much of it via dirty sources like coal, could become a lot greener as the industry turns to wind and solar energy to cut costs, the local chief of Mainstream Renewable Power told Reuters.
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2016-10-05 12:58:16
Monday, October 3rd, 2016      Leave a Comment
Clean tech costs have fallen 41–94% over the past 7 years. Wind and solar accounted for two-thirds of new energy installations in the US in 2015.A new report from the US Department of Energy paints a bright picture for our prospects to cut carbon pollution and prevent the most dangerous levels of climate change
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2016-10-03 05:00:14
Sunday, September 25th, 2016      Leave a Comment
In the wake of South Australian price rise, the Grattan Institute calls on governments to explain that the transition to renewables is coming, with costs attachedHuge spikes in wholesale electricity prices in South Australia in July show stable, nationally consistent climate policy must urgently replace “unmanageable uncertainty” for energy market investors, according to a new analysis by the Grattan Institute
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2016-09-25 16:55:30
Sunday, September 11th, 2016      Leave a Comment
YANGON (Reuters) - Electricity-starved Myanmar is looking to overhaul its long-term power strategy, aiming to hike the planned share of hydropower in its energy mix at the cost of polluting coal as it tries to attract foreign investment.
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2016-09-11 18:22:25
Friday, September 9th, 2016      Leave a Comment
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. oil refiners, beset by the weakest profit margins in six years, have been laying off workers, revamping operations and ratcheting up pressure on regulators and lawmakers to tweak the renewable fuel program, whose costs have ballooned.
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2016-09-09 00:22:31
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016      Leave a Comment
SolarCity is talking up the look and longevity of solar roofing but potential costs pose questions about whether it can succeed where others have failedElon Musk’s solar company has its sights set on replacing 5m rooftops in the US with traditional roofing materials integrated with solar cell technology
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2016-09-03 02:00:25